Map: Western Massachusetts Bookstores

A map!

Photo of newspaper page showing illustrated bookstore map

The map of Western Massachusetts bookstores, which I started in 2019 (while sitting in Book Moon in Easthampton) and which was delayed by, well, 2020 and 2021, is now out and about!

Close-up of dip-pen nib drawing bats

It has been in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and you can also get a copy from Book Moon directly.

Close-up of illustrated bookstore map printed on newsprint

I pinched these photos from their social media.

Photo of newspaper information on Independent Bookstores Day 30 April 2022

If you are in their area on Independent Bookstore Day (30 April), a number of the shops in the area will have limited special edition offers and freebies, and Book Moon have already started their 50% off sale on used history, biography, art and travel books.

Close-up of drawing of bear and cubs in ink

Tubby and Coos and Kelly Link — video

Last week was the USA launch event for Flyaway — a most delightful conversation with Kelly Link, hosted by Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Bookshop (New Orleans) and Candice Huber, in which we discuss visual description and chickens and plan road trips to Louisiana (one day).

Kelly Link, as well as being Kelly Link, is of Book Moon Books (Northampton, Massachusetts), who are some of my favourite people, and here is their newsletter write-up of Flyaway (a newsletter worth subscribing to, while you’re there):

The video is now up on Facebook, so you should be able to watch it through there:

And next week, on the 18th of August, another favourite bookstore (check the acknowledgments, incidentally), Avid Reader bookstore is hosting the Australian launch event: an in-conversation with Fiona Stager, with an introduction by Garth Nix! More on Avid Reader and its windows soon.

Sketching! (Surprise…)


(Edit: This was Friday 22 November)

As part of Cottage Street, Easthampton’s Grrl’s Night Out event, I will be doing some sketching at Book Moon Books. There will also be some original art for sale, for a variety of projects including (but not limited to) ornaments and illustrations for books by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare…